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Last chance to register for part-buy at Little Lees

The part-buy, part-rent properties at the new Little Lees development will be opened up to people from around West Oxfordshire unless more potential Charlbury buyers come forward.

Of the four two-bedroom properties, one has now been sold to a Charlbury resident - but no other potential Charlbury buyers have come forward. Soha, the developer, says: "We would really like to have more enquiries from the town."

You can read full details of the properties here. In brief, buyers can buy between 50% and 75%, and pay the rest as rent. This means that the cheapest of the flats costs £86,250 (50% share).

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 30 Apr 2013, 14:56 · Link

New "two-for-one" bus ticket to Oxford

Stagecoach has introduced a new ticket that allows two adults to travel from Charlbury to Oxford for the price of one. The 'Charlbury Duo' ticket costs £6 (day return), and is valid on the S3 after 9am Monday-Friday and any time on Saturdays.

Other fares have risen by an average of 3% "due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and spare parts".

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 29 Apr 2013, 15:39 · Link

Volunteers Needed In Your Local Area!!!

Home-Start value your experience as a parent and need volunteers to support families with children under 5 in their own homes. Full training and expenses provided. Next preparation course starting 18th September 2013.
If you have 2-3 hours to spare each week, could you befriend a local family?
Interested? We are holding an information session at the Education Suite, Horsefair Surgery, Banbury on Wednesday 3rd July 10.00 - Midday. Contact us to find out more on (01295) 266358 or Email:

karen mullins · Thu 25 Apr 2013, 10:00 · Link


The rabbit has now been reunited with its owner.

Charlbury Primary School · Mon 15 Apr 2013, 10:52 · Link

RAD Club start for term postponed till 26th April

RAD Club (for children 8-11 years old) was due to start the 19th of April, but many of the leaders are now going to attend a funeral on that day, so it was decided to postpone RAD Club till the following week.

Please note, therefore, that the club will begin on the 26th of April, running from 3:30-5 pm. As usual, a leader is available to meet the children as school lets out, and take them down to the Baptist Church as part of a "walking bus".

If your child has not yet attended but would like to, then either call Kat on 811660, or see her at the school gate on the 26th.

Kat Patrick · Mon 15 Apr 2013, 00:00 · Link

Message from Cornbury about dogs

Cornbury Estate would like to remind walkers to keep to the official footpaths at all times and to keep dogs on leads, for everyone's safety. A walker visiting Charlbury this weekend nearly lost her terrier to badgers when it vanished into a badger sett on the Estate. Thankfully on this occasion it returned, but only after several worrying hours. Dogs off leads can also cause great distress to the deer and grazing stock.

Sun 14 Apr 2013, 10:07 · Link

Bus services unchanged

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that the ex-RH Transport bus services - the X9 to Witney and Chipping Norton, and the C1/T1 taxibus - will continue largely unchanged under their new operators for the next year. The C1 railbus will be slightly retimed to improve connections with trains.

Richard Fairhurst · Sat 6 Apr 2013, 12:00 · Link

Candidates announced for County Council election

The candidate list has been published for the Oxfordshire County Council election on Thursday 2 May.

Since the boundaries have been redrawn, Charlbury's incumbent county councillor Neil Owen is not standing for re-election. The new division is known as 'Charlbury & Wychwood', and includes the Charlbury & Finstock, Chadlington & Churchill, Ascott & Shipton, and Milton-under-Wychwood wards.

Candidates are:

  • Liz Blount (Leafield), Labour
  • Celia Kerslake (Charlbury), Green Party
  • Liz Leffman (Charlbury), Liberal Democrat
  • Rodney Rose (Milton-under-Wychwood), Conservative
  • Clive Taylor (Shipton-under-Wychwood), UKIP

More details are available at .

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 Apr 2013, 12:26 · Link

Chronicle and Canoe Club benefit from ChOC donations

ChOC has agreed two donations from its local charity fund. A cheque for £100 is on its way to the Charlbury Chronicle to help defray increased printing and postage costs.

The committee has also agreed to donate £100 to the Canoe Club who are in need of new helmets, paddles and buoyancy aids.

ChOC raises money for good causes by the raffles it holds at its monthly film shows, and from the sale of DVDs both at film shows and through its website.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 1 Apr 2013, 13:12 · Link

Sold for new Casino and Lap Dancing club development

Plans have just been released for a new gambling den in the heart of Charlbury the developers feel that due to all the superb individual rooms that this unique Premises has to offer makes it a great place for this kind of venture, as any new build cannot hope to replicate the sort of Character that this premises has to offer and hope that the Charlbury residents young and old will get behind and support this through to the end, the developers hope to be open this time next year

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Mon 1 Apr 2013, 10:33 · Link

Demolition work starts at Memorial Hall

Clearance work has started on the site of the Memorial Hall.

The site has been sold to pub company J.D. Wetherspoon, who, capitalising on Charlbury's reputation as a mecca for real ale, intend to open a pub on the site called the Glover & Gherkin. The proceeds will go towards the community centre on the Spendlove site, which is to be expanded to five storeys as a result of the Wetherspoons windfall.

Pictures obtained by the Charlbury Website show the first demolition work, carried out last week by a Meals on Wheels driver. Meals on Wheels itself will be replaced by Wetherspoons' pensioners' special.

The new pub is expected to open in one year's time, on 1st April 2014.

Mon 1 Apr 2013, 00:35 · Link

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